On July 25-29, 2011, the Rights and Resource Initiative, in collaboration with the United States Forest Service and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, held the second Rethinking Forest Regulations workshop in Missoula, Montana, United States. Bringing together participants from six countries currently undergoing forest or tenure reforms (Brazil, China, Indonesia, Liberia, Mexico, and Peru), the event served to promote international learning and exchange of forest government strategies.

For five days, participants convened in Montana’s Lubrecht Experimental Forest to learn about Montana’s approach to forest regulations. There, they were introduced to the legal and administrative structure of Lubrecht’s forest as well as Montana’s Best Management Practice (BMP) system, gaining first-hand experience in auditing logging operations, monitoring processes, and building dialogue between tribal communities. The workshop also included several field trips to harvesting areas.